Best Of The Summer Outdoor Concerts, Part 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 9, 2008 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 10, 2008 7pm @ The Santa Monica Pier

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
is one of the leading modern Salsa groups today. This night will be for the dancers. If you want to hear a really great Salsa group and see some incredible dancing, you shouldn't miss it. On top of that, Amoeba will have a booth set up in which we will be selling CD's and doing numerous giveaways. I'll be there as well, along with other Amoebites at the Amoeba booth. Come say hello!

Son de Madera & Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
July 11, 2008 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)

Son De Madera are the Beatles of Son Jarocho music. They are very melodic and aren't afraid to experiment with a traditional genre. Their music is filled with improvisation, both lyrically and musically. Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos are known as the group that backed up Linda Ronstadt during her Canciones De Mi Padre session and subsequent tours. On their own, they have put out many classic releases, including their last three excellent releases on the Folkways label.

Rachid Taha
July 12 2008, 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)

Rachid Taha is a rock star everywhere except, you guessed it, The United States. The Algerian-born singer is not one to typecast himself. He can perform tradition Algerian music, but live would rather rock out on Clash covers and bombastic rock anthems. However, 2006's Diwan 2 was a return to his Algerian roots and one of my favorite releases from the year. Other than Manu Chao, no one mixes genres so well in a high energy show. Just don't let him get too drunk.

Bachata Roja Legends
July 24, 2008 7pm @ Santa Monica Pier

The Bachata Roja album is to Bachata music what The Buena Vista Social Club was to Cuban Son. For those who don't know, Bachata is a form of boleros with Dominican flavor that sounds a little like a Cuban Son and African Soukous. There is a whole new audience that has been exposed to Bachata Music through this album thanks to major play on NPR stations. On Urban Latin radio, groups such as Aventura and Xtreme (who mix their modern R&B influences w/ Bachata) are huge and they are selling out arenas all over the world. Whether you a new or old school fan of Bachata, this is worth checking out.

KPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM Presents: Clash of the Pochos featuring Culture Clash
Sun., July 27 at 8:00 p.m @ The Ford Theatre

This is a benefit for KPFK featuring Culture Clash and the peeps from KPFK's Pocho Hour Of Power. Culture Clash will be performing rare bits from their over twenty years of performance art. Always thought provoking and always hilarious, this is a rare occasion to see Culture Clash outside of a structured performance.


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Rachid Taha (2), Son De Madera (3), Culture Clash (3), Spanish Harlem Orchestra (2)